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Author Marilyn Chandler McEntyre to Wrap Up Buechner Lecture Series at First Presbyterian Church in Bristol, Tenn., April 20

Marilyn Chandler McEntyreBRISTOL, Tenn., April 13, 2015 – The Buechner Institute at King University welcomes Marilyn Chandler McEntyre for the final convocation of the 2014-15 Buechner Lecture Series, “What’s Next?” McEntyre will speak at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Bristol, Tenn., on Monday, April 20.

Marilyn McEntyre cares about connecting spirituality, politics, food, healthcare, care for the earth and its creatures, care for language, and public discourse, and finding new ways to live together on a planet that needs healing. Shannon Harris, coordinator of the Buechner Institute, states, “Marilyn is a lovely writer, a unique thinker, and an engaging speaker. She was a presenter at BuechnerFest in Montreat, N.C., a few years ago, and she captivated us all with her eloquence and the beauty of her words.”

McEntyre is a writer and professor of medical humanities at UC Davis and the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program. Her writing has appeared in The Christian Century, Weavings, Sojourners, Prism, Conversations, Christianity Today, Academic Medicine, Medical Humanities, Literature and Medicine, and a variety of other publications. A scholar and retreat leader, she has also received numerous teaching awards. A frequent lecturer on issues of medicine and literature, McEntyre is a Buechner Institute National Advisory Board member.

Of McEntyre, who spoke previously for the Buechner Institute Lecture Series at King, associate professor and member of the local Institute governing board Dr. Martin Dotterweich notes, “She builds bridges between the way we use our words and the way we live, encouraging us to exercise care and truth in both.”

Her most recent book is “What’s in a Phrase? — Pausing where Scripture Gives You Pause.”  “Christ, My Companion” has just been reissued and “Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies” is available, and a good introduction to her work. On April 21, the day after her lecture for the Buechner Institute, McEntyre’s newest book, “A Faithful Farewell: Living Your Last Chapter with Love,” will be released by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

McEntyre has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Christianity Today 2015 book award.

McEntyre holds a Bachelor of Arts from Pomona College, a Master of Arts from U.C. Davis, and a Ph.D. from Princeton University in Comparative Literature. She has taught previously at Princeton University, the College of New Jersey, Mills College, Dominican University and Westmont College.

McEntyre will speak at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Bristol, Tenn., on Monday, April 20. The event is open to the public and free to attend. Visit or contact Dr. Shannon Harris at or 423-652-4836 or 423-747-3524 for additional information.


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